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Clare’s Journey to Islam- Revert Story

Clare’s Journey to Islam

I was aware of Islam from a very young age as I grew up with children who were Muslim, I remember being invited to their houses when they were breaking the fast and I remember how excited everyone was and the food looked delicious.

It was not until I was a teenager that I started asking more questions about their religion, like why does your mum put a scarf on her head? Why do you fast? Why don’t you drink alcohol?

Most of the time I did not follow their reasoning or explanations as they were linked to having faith. When people have faith they will accept when something is allowed or not allowed they don’t need to question it because they trust in the one who has commanded it not because they cannot think for themselves but because they know there must be a good reason for it either on a personal or community/world level.

My questions about Islam with my friends surrounded the obvious differences between my religion and theirs but one day when talking about Christmas and why they didn’t celebrate it. I was told:

“You are not the only ones that believe in Jesus (may the peace and blessings of Allah be on him) you know!”

I was completely thrown as in all our discussions that were usually about practices and the most visually obvious things headscarves, fasting, praying etc.

We had not talked about what did they actually believe. They told me they believed in the same God that I did but that they called him ‘Allah’ and that they believed in all the prophets that we did: Adam, Noah, Moses, Job, Joseph, Abraham, Jesus and the others (may the peace and blessings of Allah be on them all).

I decided then that I needed to go to the source to find out about this faith that I had thought foreign to mine so I borrowed a copy of an English translation of the Quran and over the summer holidays I started reading it.

What struck me were the similarities to the Bible. I then went back to my friends for further explanations to clarify points but they were not really able to help so I had to find people with more knowledge.

It was not in my mind that I would consider changing my beliefs or religion I was just interested as to why my friends followed this religion and held it in such esteem and how it could be so similar but different to mine.

it was a strange experience to not eat or drink when you had the ability and the means to do so
Ramadan was fast approaching and I decided that if they could do it then so could I so I tried to fast for one day and it was difficult but my friends said one day is not hard you should try it for the whole month.

I said I would try it for a week; it was a strange experience to not eat or drink when you had the ability and the means to do so if you wanted to, but actually it felt good to set a target and then accomplish it, so I thought of it like a personal development activity.

Although I had respect for Islam and I had a better understanding of it I was not sure I believed it. I read more pamphlets and books about other areas of Islam including Science, Politics etc. These were nothing heavy not on an academic level but gave me further insight.

I started to think about if my religion Christianity speaks about another prophet to come before Jesus comes back to the world then could this Muhammad (peace be upon him) be the prophet that it refers to? It was clear from the things I had read that he was a very wise and respected person, but did I believe that he was a prophet over that of just being a good person and leader?

I went on holiday with my family and September 11th happened we were so shocked and upset and did not understand what was going on or why. The news was reporting that initial reports were that there were Muslim terrorists behind the attacks.

I rejected this and had an argument with one of my family members who used to live in Saudi about it. I said that I have read the Quran and I understand about this religion and this just would not be allowed! You cannot just kill innocent people and I quoted a line from the Quran about killing one life being as though you had killed all of humanity and vice versa in saving one.

I felt really hurt about the things that were said because I did not believe that the things that were being said were true and that Muslims could have done this. I went to my bedroom kneeled down of the floor and said in Arabic ‘I believe there is only one God and that Muhammad is the last messenger from God.’ I realized at this point that I believed in Islam but I still was not sure how I would reconcile it with adapting the way that I lived.

I thought ok so I believe in one God and I believe that Muhammad was the last messenger but I am not sure that I will wear a headscarf and I am not sure about giving up alcohol because yes of course things in excess are bad but what if I just drunk on special occasions?

So I set myself another task let’s stop drinking alcohol and see how it changes my life. The same with pork and eventually I then only ate meat that had been killed in the prescribed way and done so in the name of Allah. Giving up these things was not hard but these are not the important things to think about regarding Islam it is first the beliefs and the faith, the actions are secondary to these.

My mum said to me “you can believe all these things without becoming a Muslim
Then came the task of telling my family that I am a Muslim now with all the stereotypes that follow that. They did not take it well because of all the misconceptions about Islam and Muslims and there were some difficult times but nothing major and not for very long.

My mum said to me “you can believe all these things without becoming a Muslim you know you don’t need to change your religion, you can still be a good person” but I said it is because I believe these things that makes me a Muslim, all I am saying is that I believe in one God which I had done before and that I also believe that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last prophet. They were not really concerned about my beliefs but more about how it would change my life and how people would treat me.

My Mum had grown up witnessing and being a victim of racism she knew how hard it was and she wanted to protect me from this. But I had decided so I arranged to visit a Mosque with a group of my friends (minus my family) and make my declaration of faith what I had l already said to myself over 10 months before. I decided that I would put on the head scarf straight away as I thought this is already difficult so I might as well get it all over with at once, plus how would anyone know that I was a Muslim if I didn’t put it on?

It has been a learning process ever since, I am constantly learning new things and I have been blessed with the help of my friends and now the support of my family I have been able to develop and grow as a Muslim.

One of my good friends said to me when I first told her that I was interested in Islam that – Islam is a way of life and generally you can understand it if you apply common sense, when you cannot find the answer to something ask someone of knowledge who will explain it to you with evidence from the Quran and the Sunnah (Things the Prophet Muhammad said or did), if you are not happy with this explanation apply common sense in the spirit of Islam until you can study and understand this matter yourself.

My journey to Islam was gradual over about 3 years and it was in 2002 that I converted/reverted to Islam when I was just 19 years old.

That was 8 years ago and I feel blessed that I was given the opportunities to understand Islam and chose it to follow as a way of life.

Clare via facebook.

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Pakistani Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi,ex aetheist to quit acting for Allah and to Spread Islam.

In a video shared by him on Twitter, Hamza Ali Abbasi spoke about his journey – how he became an atheist when he was 14-15 years old and how science “brought him back” being a theist when he went to the US.

“I want to spend the rest of my life talking about God,” Abbasi said in the video-sharing that his decision is based on 10 years research.

Abbasi, who recently married Naimal Khawar, said that now he will try to shape his life in accordance with Islam and will try to spread across the message through various platforms.

“Being an ‘ex-atheist’, I want to share the answers I have received about God with people. I don’t want to debate or convince people, I just want to share,” he said and added that if he will make any movie or show, then it will be about Islam.

Read –What Allah says to the disbelievers

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Man involved in Babri Masjid demolition now builds mosques to wash away guilt

Do you know that Kar sevak from Haryana who was part of Babri Masjid demolition, now preaches Islam, builds masjids ?He has built 90 Mosque so far.

Aamir, a former Shiv Sena leader from Panipat, Haryana often recalls the fateful day of December 6, 1992, that marked the demolition of Babri Masjid.

Aamir said that along with his friend Mohammed Umar, formerly Yogendra Pal, he had vowed to construct the Sri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya demolishing the masjid. Today, the two are fulfilling their pledge to renovate 100 mosques, in an attempt to purge themselves of their sins.

On December 1, 1992, Aamir reached Ayodhya to join thousands of kar sevaks coming from across the country. On December 6 that year, according to Aamir, he was the first man to climb the middle dome.

“We feared that the army might have been deployed in large number. But on ground there was hardly any security, that gave us a boost and we were mentally prepared to demolish the masjid that day,” said Mohammed Aamir.

Aamir along with many other kar sevaks from Sonipat and Panipat demolished the dome with spades and pickaxes.

“When I reached my home town Panipat after that I was given a hero’s welcome by the people,” Aamir said.

“But at home, my family’s reaction shocked me. My secular family denounced my actions. I had participated in the kar seva because I felt strongly about it, but I realized later that I was wrong.”

Mohammed Aamir, born a Rajput, said, “I realized that I had taken law in my hands and violated the constitution of India. Guilty, I embraced Islam.”

Ref :India Today.

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#Hijabisanidentity- Hijab walk to Stop the discrimination and marginalization of Muslim women and girls.

Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right in the Ghanaian legal system. To be specific Article 21 (c) of the 1992 Constitution states: “All persons shall have the right to freedom to practice any religion and to manifest such practice.”

Unfortunately, most Muslim women and girls living in Ghana have dealt with individuals who exert their biases and bigotry into institutional cultures. Thus, making it impossible for Muslim women to wear the hijab as part of their religious freedoms stipulated in the 1992 constitution.

The #Hijabisanidentity campaign pushes for the right of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab to be free to do so without intimidation from any individual or institution.

Why do Muslim Woman Wear Hijab.

Recently, an invigilator of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) asked a candidate to remove her hijab before sitting her exams. This latest move sparked a recent social media campaign by Islam advocates dubbed: #Hijabisanidentity

They believe the successful campaign which culminated in a massive demonstration in some regions – North, Ashanti and Accra – will help shake up some traditionally-held cultural misconceptions about the female Muslim identity. On Saturday October 12, Ghanaian Muslim women marched for their right to wear the hijab. The #Hijabisanidentity campaign is still on.

Stop policing Women’s bodies!

My hijab, my CHOICE My choice, my right

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Sinéad O’Connor Performs in Hijab.Says : ‘I have been a Muslim all my life and I didn’t realise it’

Dublin: Singer Sinead O’Connor stepped out in a traditional hijab with her son after converting to Islam in October.

The 52-year-old wore a bright red abaya and matching hijab when she appeared on “The Late Late Show” in Dublin on Friday night, reports ” the sun”

Earlier in the day, she arrived at the studio with her son, 15-year-old Shane Lunny, who looks exactly like his mom.

Sinead was dressed more casually in blue trousers, a matching belted shirt, and a navy cardigan. She complete the look with a dark blue headscarf. Shane carried his mother’s red abaya to the venue.

Shane apart, Sinead is also mother to 32-year-old Jake, 23-year-old Roisin and 12-year-old Yeshua.

In October last year, Sinead announced that she had converted to Islam, changing her name to Shuhada Davitt.

Sinéad O’Connor has described how she felt “at home” after reading the Koran and subsequently embracing the Muslim religion.

The singer, who has returned following a five-year hiatus from touring, announced her decision to “revert” to Islam almost a year ago and says she often wears the hijab as a means of signalling her new-found beliefs.

The word ‘revert’ refers to the idea that if you were to study the Koran you would realise that you were a Muslim all your life and you didn’t realise it. That’s what happened to me,” she said on Friday night’s Late Late Show.

“I am 52. I grew up in a very different Ireland to the one that exists now and it was a very oppressed country religiously speaking. And everybody was miserable; nobody was getting any joy in God.

”The singer, who has long captivated audiences with her views on Irish life, spoke about reading the scriptures as a child and later exploring other religious texts “trying to find the truth about God”. She left Islam until last because she held her own prejudices about the religion, she said.

Ref :”The Sun”

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oldest rural mosque

Archeologists finds the World’s Oldest Rural Mosque in Israel

 Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of one of the world’s oldest rural mosques, built around the time Islam arrived in the holy land,

world's oldest rural mosque

The Israel Antiquities Authority estimates that the mosque, uncovered ahead of new construction in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert, dates back to the 7th to 8th centuries.

There are large mosques known to be from that period in Jerusalem and in Makkah but it is rare to find a house of prayer so ancient whose congregation is likely to have been local farmers, the antiquities authority said.

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Excavated at the site were the remains of an open-air mosque — a rectangular building, about the size of a single-car garage, with a prayer niche facing south toward Makkah.

“This is one of the earliest mosques known from the beginning of the arrival of Islam in Israel, after the Arab conquest of 636 C.E.,” said Gideon Avni of the antiquities authority.

“The discovery of the village and the mosque in its vicinity are a significant contribution to the study of the history of the country during this turbulent period.”

Source : Arab news

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3 thoughts on “Clare’s Journey to Islam- Revert Story”

  1. Mashaa Allah
    Baarakallaahu Feekum Claire
    I loved reading your story
    May Allah grant you continued strength Aameen!

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